Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Tit-like Dacnis (Xenodacnis parina)


Taxonomy

French: Xénodacnis mésange German: Meisenpitpit Spanish: Dacnis andino sureño
Taxonomy:

Xenodacnis parina

Cabanis

, 1873,

Maraynioc, Peru

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Hitherto treated as conspecific with X. petersi. Monotypic.

Distribution:

S Peru on E slope of Andes in Junín, Ayacucho, Apurímac, and Cuzco, and the W slope in Arequipa.

Descriptive notes

11–12·5 cm; male 11–12 g, female 10–12 g. Small, with short, thin bill. Male is essentially all dark blue with faint greyish tinge above and below, sometimes with indistinct... read more

Voice

Notably vocal, some calls, and especially the song, being surprisingly loud. Song, in Peru, a fast... read more

Habitat

At or above treeline in stunted woodland, often in Polylepis groves where mixed with ... read more

Food and feeding

Tiny arthropods, including aphids (Aphidoidea) and sweet nectar-like secretions, both liquid or crystalline, deposited on leaves by aphids... read more

Breeding

Apparently nothing known.

Movements

Resident. Concentrates locally in high numbers, but no long-distance or significant elevational... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: confined to the Peruvian high Andes EBA. Fairly common but very local, with density estimate of c. 18... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Tit-like Dacnis (Xenodacnis parina). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/61758 on 19 February 2020).